Horst Janssen would have been 75 years old on 14 November 2004. The Hamburger Kunsthalle is marking this anniversary with a homage to the artist: a show of his master drawings from 1970 to 1990. This retrospective harks back to the exhibition “Frühe Meisterschaft” (1999) and is the first survey presentation of works from the period when Janssen garnered international fame after his success at the 1968 Venice Biennale. He himself regarded the 1970s and 80s as the high point in his development as a draughtsman: “Now I can draw like I have always been able to see,” he wrote in 1981. During that period, Janssen repeatedly altered his style, varying his themes and techniques with an equal measure of virtuosity and autonomy. The diversity of his oeuvre ranges from the early landscape drawings done on his journey to Tessin to the powerful late watercolours in the 1990 Bobethanien series. In addition to his self-portraits and what he called drawings for “a copy”, the exhibition focuses on his still lifes and landscapes as well as his watercolours on the theme of Eros and death.
Many of the 80 master drawings on exhibition are from private collections and have therefore rarely been shown before. They are complemented by the stocks of the Hamburger Kunsthalle and by works from the estate of Hartmut Frielinghaus.
Parallel to the exhibition in the Kuppelsaal of the Hamburger Kunsthalle, 50 self-portrait prints dating from 1965 to 1985 will be on show in the Janssen Kabinett until January 30, 2005, under the heading “Selbst”.
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The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe is also devoting an exhibition
to Horst Janssen entitled “Licht und Linie. Horst Janssen und
die Fotografie” (October 8 - November 14, 2004). For the period
during which the two exhibitions run parallel, i.e., until November
14, visitors to both pay full admission in the first museum only.
On presenting that admission ticket at the second museum, they will
receive a reduction of € 2 on the admission price there. In what
order you go to the exhibitions is unimportant, but please keep your
Exhibition Curator: Dr. Petra Roettig
Hamburger Kunsthalle Glockengießerwall 20095 Hamburg
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